Analysis and systematic discretization of a Fokker-Planck equation with Lorentz force

by   Vincent Bosboom, et al.
University of Twente

The propagation of charged particles through a scattering medium in the presence of a magnetic field can be described by a Fokker-Planck equation with Lorentz force. This model is studied both, from a theoretical and a numerical point of view. A particular trace estimate is derived for the relevant function spaces to clarify the meaning of boundary values. Existence of a weak solution is then proven by the Rothe method. In the second step of our investigations, a fully practicable discretization scheme is proposed based on implicit time-stepping through the energy levels and a spherical-harmonics finite-element discretization with respect to the remaining variables. A full error analysis of the resulting scheme is given, and numerical results are presented to illustrate the theoretical results and the performance of the proposed method.


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